Alburquerque, Spain

Alburquerque
The town as seen from its castle in 2005
The town as seen from its castle in 2005
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Coat of arms of Alburquerque
Alburquerque is located in Extremadura
Alburquerque
Alburquerque
Location of Alburquerque within Extremadura
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Alburquerque is located in Spain
Alburquerque
Alburquerque
Alburquerque (Spain)
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Coordinates: 39°13′9″N 7°00′4″W / 39.21917°N 7.00111°W / 39.21917; -7.00111
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Extremadura
Province Badajoz
Government
 • Mayor Ángel Vadillo Espino (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 723 km2 (279 sq mi)
Elevation
(AMSL)
506 m (1,660 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total 5,340
 • Density 7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST (GMT +2))
Postal code
06510
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz)
Website www.alburquerque.es

Alburquerque (Spanish pronunciation: [alβuɾˈkeɾke] (audio speaker iconlisten)) is a town in the province of Badajoz in Spain. It has 5,600 inhabitants. It is very close to the border with Portugal and was an ancient dominion of the kings of that country. The origin of the name of the town is uncertain. It is believed to stem from Latin alba quercus "the white oak".[2]

The titles of Lord of Alburquerque (de Meneses) and later Count of Alburquerque (de Castilla) and Duke of Alburquerque (de La Cueva) were important in Castile in the Middle Ages, see e.g. Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque.

Its sister city of Albuquerque in the United States takes its name from this town (but note the spelling difference: the lack of the 'r' after the first 'u').

History

Fortified town of Alburquerque by the late 17th century. Alain Manesson Mallet: Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre.

By 1530, the town had a population of 6,042, increasing up to 6,893 by the end of the century (1591) and to 7,600 in 1631.[3]

References

Citations
  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "Albuquerque". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Blanco Carrasco 1998, pp. 90–91, 97.
Bibliography

Coordinates: 39°13′N 7°00′W / 39.217°N 7.000°W / 39.217; -7.000

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